SOWRA Travel Bursary

SOWRA invites trainees within the peninsula deanery to apply for funds up to £600 to fund a venture to further develop training or experience in the field of regional anaesthesia.

The proposed activity must have a substantial RA component which must be the primary focus of the trip.

Applications where the RA exposure is incidental, e.g a non RA project in a developing country, will not be approved.

Example applications might be to attend an international meeting at which the applicant is presenting, or to assist in funding a regional anaesthetic secondment at another centre (either within the UK or overseas). 

  • There will be up to 2 bursaries awarded in each calendar year.
  • Bursaries will be awarded on a case-by-case basis, following review by the SOWRA board. 
  • Candidates will be notified of the result within 4 weeks of application.
  • Receipts will need to be forwarded to SOWRA as a condition of award. 
  • SOWRA reserves the right not to award funds if the quality of application is deemed inadequate or falls outside the 

Applications for funding must be made prospectively - retrospective applications will not normally be considered.

Applications should be made using the application form and sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Anatomy Models Required for Course

6 Anatomy Models Required

Earn and Learn!

Thurs 9th & Fri 10th Nov 2017

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

We need 6 Anatomy modes for the South West Regional Anaesthesia Course to be held on Thurs 9th and Fri 10th November 2017. This is a great chance to learn some anatomy whilst earning money!

You will be one of 6 models undergoing ultrasound examination of the major nerves – different groups of doctors (all Anaesthetists) will be looking at the shoulder/neck area, the upper and lower arm, and the abdomen/groin/upper thigh/back of knee, and the spine. We will allocate you to groups depending on how easy it is to visualise your nerves in a particular area (this can vary between individuals).

Ultrasound examination is very safe and there are no known risks or adverse effects to you in taking part.

You will need to partially undress to enable access to the areas we will be demonstrating/ scanning – this may include exposing your tummy and upper leg/groin.
We will ensure your modesty is preserved! You will need to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas, whilst keeping you decent.

As a guide, on past courses models have worn T-shirts/shorts over bathing costumes/ swimwear.

As compensation for your time you will receive £50 cash/day. Free lunch also provided. You will be required from 09:30 -17:00.
The venue is the Postgraduate centre at the Derriford Hospital, Plymouth (see

If you would like to participate please reply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please include your name, which days available and a contact mobile phone number.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you can only make one day then you may still volunteer (but you must be available for the whole day)
We will also require some reserve models who may be contacted at short notice – please indicate if you would be happy acting as a reserve (reserves will not receive payment unless they are called upon to participate).
Further details will be sent to successful applicants

Please do not volunteer unless you intend to honour the commitment – last minute cancellations cause us lots of problems.

Many thanks

Dr Matt Oldman & Dr Kim Chishti Course Organisers

Derriford Hospital RA Workshops

Due to COVID restrictions these workshops are open to staff working at UHP only.

Location - Plymouth

The course is being held at the Postgraduate centre at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Derriford Road

The Postgraduate centre is located to the rear of the hospital near to the Terrence Lewis Building & Freedom Unit (near to the Bircham valley and pond sign on the parking map).

Free public wifi access is available at the venue.


By Car: From the A38 take the A386 Tavistock road North - the hospital is well signposted.

Car Parking

You may download a map of the available carparks here:

The Multi Story Car Park & Car Park F are nearest public car parks to the Postgraduate Centre (which can be seen located on the bottom of the map)..

Current public parking charges are:  Over 6hrs £12 

Pay and display: Some of the car parks are pay and display and require you to purchase a ticket from the machine located in the car park at the time that you park. 

Pay on exit: We also have pay on exit car parks which you access through a barrier, collecting a token as you enter the car park. If you use a pay on exit car park you will pay for your parking at the end of your visit. There are machines to pay for your parking in the car parks and also in the main entrance to the hospital on level 6. Parking can also be paid for through downloading the Indigo parking app.

Park and Ride   
There is a public park and ride site located north of Derriford Hospital at the George junction (opposite the George Pub/Hotel). Parking is FREE, although you will need to purchase a ticket to travel on the bus.


The nearest hotels are the Future Inn, Plymouth and Plymouth Derriford Travelodge. Both are within walking distance of the venue.